And another week is flying by..
So I was thinking today.. thank goodness I like weight lifting and am not obsessed with becoming a bad ass marathon runner because my body is clearly made to add muscle and not for being lean and conditioned for distance. Now of course I believe you can train and improve at anything, but there are some things that just come more naturally than others. I think my attraction to weight lifting and fitness is related to the fact that it’s something that works well with my history and genetics. Whereas if I suddenly decided my goal in life was to play in the WNBA or run in a marathon next year, I fear my hopes & dreams may be crushed rather quickly. I also wonder if this all would have been the same if I’d never done gymnastics.. I haven’t done gymnastics for 7 years, but I still get asked about it, and the body type never really goes away. But did I do well in gymnastics because of my body type and genetics or did gymnastics influence my body type. I think it certainly helped to establish muscle mass and muscle memory at a young age (I did it for 12 years), that never really goes away.
What are your thoughts? What attracts you to certain sports or athletic activities over others?
Today was check-in and leg day with the trainer. I almost asked him not to measure me after last weekend’s “fun,” but I figured I’d use it as motivation if the news was bad (I think I might have said that last week too, woops). But turns out my body fat % caliper measurement went down again, though I don’t know about weight because I forgot to do that this morning. So at least I wasn’t upset about the whole thing.
USAs x2 ?
And in other good news, it looks like I’ll be at least going to NPC USAs in Vegas the last weekend of July, and there’s a possibility I might compete. I was thinking about going anyway to help out all the STS girls competing, and Vegas is such an easy trip from Arizona. But talking with my trainer today, we discussed the possibility of me starting to diet down a little earlier than originally planned, and see where I’m at come end of July. Unfortunately, this show doesn’t have Fitness, but I really like the idea of getting my jitters out on stage, in Figure, before I’m out at Jr. USAs in Houston for Fitness in August. I’m really excited about the possibility because I’ve made some good gains in muscle mass, and now I’m ready to tone it down and see how it turns out.
Breakfast was a delightful Berry Protein Shake (1/2 packet Vega Smoothie Infusion, 1/2 scoop Cake Batter Protein Powder, 3/4 c frozen Mixed Berries, 1 tsp Bee Pollen, 1 tsp Glutamine, 1 tsp BCAAs, 3/4 c UVAB, Ice), topped with Goji Berries and Sunflower Seeds..
Late morning I devoured gracefully enjoyed a bowl of Yoats..
Post-workout I went with a Tropical Protein Shake for the quick digesting whey protein and quick carbs (1 scoop Cake Batter Protein Powder, 1 tsp Glutamine, 1 tsp BCAAs, 1/2 c fresh Pineapple, 1 tbsp Shredded Unsweetened Coconut)..
Another snack was Kabocha Protein Custard. I just mixed up fresh out of the oven Kabocha with 1 scoop Protein Powder in the Food Processor. It’s amazing how rich and sweet this comes out to be. Totally nature’s candy!..
Dinner was a repeat of last night’s “Nachos” but with Tilapia instead of Tofu..
I feel like a liar.. people who have only seen me at fitness competitions or from pictures on my blog, don’t recognize me in “regular” life. For example, last weekend I was meeting (exciting new related to this soon) someone who had only ever seen the blog photos, and they walked right past me. And even Averie mentioned being surprised when we first met. So since I actually had to put on something other than workout clothes today, I thought I’d snap a pic of what I look like most of the time.. and yes, I’m Irish in all my red hair and pale white skin glory.. And it totally didn’t occur to me to smile for some reason :p
Tomorrow I really have to figure out what I’m going to wear to the wedding on Saturday! I need to try on my various dresses to see if any fit in my current mass-added state. If not, an emergency shopping session is in order!
Make it a wonderful Thursday!